Gold Coast woman who allegedly murdered her newborn son faces court.


UPDATE 14 Sep 4:30pm

Jodie Renee Tarnawskyj, has been charged with murder after the death of her baby son in 2014.

Jodie, 37, has been formally charged with the offence in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, having been committed in April this year.

No trial date has been set and the matter will return to court on September 23.


In June we reported, Jodie Renee Tarnawskyj, 37, wept in the dock as the details of the case were read out in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, reports ABC NEWS.

The crown alleged she deliberately hid the pregnancy as part of a premeditated plan to kill the baby.

It is argued she either suffocated, chocked or neglected to save his life after giving birth at her Gold Coast home on June 8, 2014.

The court was told she did not call an ambulance for 17 hours after the birth.

Ambulance officers found the baby’s body on top of a washing machine after Tarnawskyj called them for a non-urgent attendance 17 hours after she gave birth.

Defence lawyer John Allen QC told the court his client “knew the baby wasn’t breathing or alive after the birth”.

Mr Allen said she did not think she was full term and thought she had some months to plan obstetric care and the delivery of the baby.

“She believes the baby was still born, that he was dead from the moment he was delivered and she checked for signs of life,” he said.

“It was only after they [her other children] were put to bed later that evening and she was able to have some time with the body of her child, which had been her intention, that she contacted the ambulance.”

Justice Burns refused bail, despite $50,000 offered by Tarnawskyj’s mother.

“Someone charged with murder … has a powerful incentive to flee,” he said.

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  • If she didnt want the baby then thats fine. How sad that she didnt put bub up for adoption.


  • I wonder how old her other children are and whether they saw the baby’s body at all. If so, what phsycological effect is it going to have on them too? Imagine how the Ambulance Officers felt when the discovered the baby had been dead for 17 hours. Finding the baby on a washing machine would have made it even worse.


  • How horrible


  • What a terrible thing to happen. I hope she gets the help she needs.


  • Sounds Like she was charged appropriately


  • This is very distressing and makes you wonder what was going through her mind at the time.


  • who in their right mind would do that??


  • This makes my skin crawl. There are some serious mental health issues with that woman, what a tragic thing to happen to that baby :(


  • I’m sure there is more to the story than these details. Either way, there is a new little angel in heaven.


  • I have no words… this is so tragic.


  • This is just heartbreaking. So utterly devastating and sad.


  • I felt sick when I read this. I don’t know how someone could do this their own baby. I know we don’t know the full circumstances but just to wait until her children were in bed before calling an ambulance is beyond words.


  • Not the way someone should enter this world, has the mother been seen by someone to see if there was something wrong with her. It can be a terrifying time but common sense should be there.


  • That poor little bubba. Murdered by the one who should have loved you


  • Unbelievable! How can people think of doing such an horrendous thing to a beautiful little baby? :-(


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